December 11, 2018

2:35 pm

What Does Ivory Have To Do With Brexit?

The short answer: absolutely nothing.

The longer one is below:

A new ivory bill in the UK is getting a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a much anticipated Brexit vote and instead put said ivory bill up for debate in British Parliament.

While everything else you read about this ivory bill is actually going to be talking about Brexit, we're going to go ahead and forego any Brexit discussion and tell you everything there is to know about the ivory bill instead!

  • According to the Parliament website the bill aims to do two things: Prohibit commercial activities concerning ivory in the UK and prohibit the import and re-export of ivory for commercial purposes, to and from the UK.
  • The bill would expand the existing limitations on the buying and selling of ivory objects.
  • The ivory bill will be in its fourth reading -- the third reading took place on November 14, 2018.
  • In its fourth reading, parliament will discuss how much ivory (if any) can be in an antique object before it falls under legal restrictions that would prevent it from being bought or sold.
  • That's pretty confusing legalease so here's an actual example: if an antique musical instrument is mostly made of wood and strings but includes a decorative ivory inlay -- does that instrument count as ivory?

Check back with us for more information on the ivory bill and all things elephant-related.